09-17-2004, 06:12 PM
This may sound nuts, but I just got back from my third muzzle deer hunt in Nevada and it seems like my .54 shoots high on the hunt. I sight in at the Sac Valley Shooting Center, altitude probably 60 ft above sea level. My New Englander with 1:48 is not the most accurate shooter of 435 gr Maxi Balls, but I keep them in the "salad plate size" black at 100 yards. I try to average 2-3 inches high above the X. Shooting at deer, even over level ground, I have always hit high on the animal from point of hold and have shot over the backs of several. Never low. The Nevada hunt is 7000 to 9000 feet in elevation. When I get the gun home it remains as sighted in as before I left. Same drill on all three hunts. Anyone else notice this? I wonder if the thinner air at altitude lets the big blunt nosed Maxi Ball keep its velocity longer. Probably nothing more than "Buck Fever" I suppose.